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Art Deco Cabinet Refinished in Classic Black - Lots of Photos/Videos

I jumped at the chance to refinish this gorgeous art deco solid wood cabinet. I chose classic black but used both a stain and paint combo to give it a new look.

Victorian Wallpaper or Old Tin Tiled Inspired Wall Art


I love creating my faux tin tiles and decided to create a larger framed version.

After a bit of thought I decided on a large maple cabinet door I had on hand. Step 1 was a good scrub with Dixie Belle white lightning cleaner seeing it had been stored in my dusty workshop.

Flipping it over I drilled out the plastic screw holders and filled with Dixie Belle mud as well as the hardware holes on the front side.

For my raised design I chose a favorite Dixie Belle stencil in Victorian damask.

 Black Dixie Belle mud was applied over it using an offset spatula.

The stencil was moved and repeated to fill the center of the board.

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After the mud started to dry and firm up a bit the stencil/mud was added around the edges.

I sanded the raised design a bit to smooth with one hand and my shop vac in the other; my poor womans dustless sanding system. :)

Now to the fun color part. I chose a variety of Dixie Belle Terra Clay Paint colors to use.

First one stippled (to create more texture) all over using a Dixie Belle premium chip brush was galaxy.

Next color stippled on was London blue

then onyx

the clay paint makes adding these colors so easy

then blue moon

followed by Cerulean blue. There was not pattern just random all over.

 This next step uses yet another  premium chip brush to dry brush agave clay paint. Dry brushing is when the brush is drug across the surface at an angle that hits all the high points.

I also used a Fine Mist Spray Bottle when needed to blend areas that need it. I also swirled and dabbed the lighter color in areas too. As well it is easy to add previous colors in spots that look best in them or touch up areas using one of the chip brushes allocated for each color.

I kept applying colors and dry brushing and misting till I got my desired look.

After the paint colors dried well over night I sealed them with Dixie Belle Terra Seal applied with yet another Dixie Belle premium chip brush.

Now to add some depth brushing on black and brown Dixie Belle's best dang waxes using a dedicated Dixie Belle premium chip brush for each color. I cannot say enough about these super affordable well made brushes. Grab a bundle to have on hand as they are so handy.

To add some glimmer glamor the high points were hit using my finger tip applying copper Dixie Belle Gilding Wax.

Then gold and bronze Gilding Waxes too for a blended metal feel. I love how creative these paint products are to use.

Once everything was to my liking I did a final coat of Dixie Belle Terra Seal and it was complete.. well at least for now :)

the problem is trying to get a true color photograph but trust me it is really a pretty blend felling like an old tin tile or raised Victorian wallpaper.

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  1. I love how this turned out and I'm thinking I need to add this to my list of things to try. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with Whimsy Home Wednesday!

  2. I love this idea!! I have that stencil and a cabinet door. Yay!! You are full of good ideas!

    1. Thank you Cheryl!! I appreciate your time and kind words, happy creating!


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